Bamboo is back in friends!
This time, more than just a cool Eastern Influence in fashion and decor, Bamboo is a front runner in environmentally sustainable materials with many practical and aesthetic purposes, Bamboo fencing is just one example of this. Bamboo is an incredibly fascinating phenomenon with a long and varied history. It has been used for tea, kitchen utensils, musical instruments, writing pens, weapons, and construction either structurally or for scaffolding, just to give you an idea of its versatility.
So what is it about bamboo that is seeing it become more and more popular?
Firstly, it’s stylish as heck.
The straight cylindrical lines of a bamboo fence, for example, brings about a sense of harmony while the fact that they are almost exactly as they are in nature brings about a sense of connection with the natural world. They almost force you to relax and feel at ease.
Secondly, the material is strong and waterproof.
It lives in nature so it’s used to the elements and this is no different when it’s made into a fence. Bamboo has a tensile strength similar to steel, in some cases more so. However, bamboo is considerably lighter than steel which is an obvious advantage in many cases. In many places around the world bamboo is used for extensive scaffolding and does the job more than well enough. Add to this, the fibres in bamboo make it very difficult for termites to digest so you can worry less there too.
Thirdly, it’s incredibly regenerative!
Bamboo is technically a grass, and so in the right conditions grows like grass! This becomes particularly significant when comparing it to conventional wood and how trees are harvested.
Trees used for wood that is most commonly used take anywhere between 30 and 50 years to regenerate to their full mass. Compare this to a pole of bamboo (the fastest growing plant on earth!) which in some cases has been known to regenerate completely in 6 months. Though this is fast, even for bamboo. Usually bamboo can be re-harvested every 3 – 7 years. The thing that sets bamboo apart from trees in this instance, is that continuous harvesting of this woody grass actually contributes to the health of the plant. A little like the concept of pruning.
However when trees are harvested, less carbon dioxide is being consumed and less oxygen is being produced for our ecosystem. Not to mention the excess soil run-off and and destabilisation of the land – all massive impacts on our environment.
Finally, Bamboo is sustainable for our future…
In terms of sustainability, bamboo is a clear winner. Habitat destruction is at an all time high is the number one threat to our planet’s animals. Forests are one of the largest providers of biodiversity, and countless lives depend on them thriving. Animals and humans alike. Deforestation is having a devastating impact, considering it takes anywhere from 30 – 50 years to regenerate – finding alternatives is vital. Bamboo is one such alternative.
Bamboo also has a thick rhizome root system that helps to keep soil healthy and can provide stability to land preventing landslides and nutrients being dumped into rivers and lakes which harm the ecosystem. All of this to say that bamboo is an incredibly sustainable material.
Of course, not all bamboo is the same either in type or quality. Different types of bamboo can be used in some places and not necessarily in others. So when it comes to bamboo fencing, the need for structures and bamboo that can withstand certain pressures and weight and that can withstand whatever mother nature throws at it is important.
At Exotic Thatch we pride ourselves in only allowing the best quality bamboo is used. Check out our website to find out more about the excellent bamboo fencing offering we have available!